Dolcetto

 

Name of varietal: Dolcetto
 
Common synonyms: Beaina, Bignola, Bignonina, Cassolo, Dolcetta, Dolsin, Douce Noir, Nibio, Orneasco, Uva d’Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada, Uva di Roccagrimalda
 
Parentage of the grape: Indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
 
History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one of the prized grapes of the Piedmont region in Italy, with evidence that it has been growing there for many centuries. It had been traditionally produced as a light (both in color and weight) table wine. More recently the trend is for bolder versions made from grapes that have been given a longer hang time to amplify their power and ageworthiness, but this also results in raising its alcohol levels. For this reason, Dolcetto can now be found in the traditional light style as well as big concentrated styles. Wines labeled “Superiore” are often a good tip that these are older Read more »

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  • I think Flatiron had the Vajra, too, but I went for the Pecchenino.  I ... ... paying more than $20 for dolcetto, except maybe the Maiolica.Sori dij But: "Sori" is a Piemontese dialect word for "hillside."  Think "Sori Tildin" from Gaja.  "Dij" is just the Piemontese version of "di," or "of."  LIke Barolo di Barolo:  Barolo from the town of Ba... Read More

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  • I meant to bring up the Dolcetto made by Vajra Fox. I believe it is more expensive, normally 25+ but I found a deal on the 2013 so I'll try that.PS: Woodland Hills has the 2013 Anna Maria Abonna Sori dij But (what does that mean by the way?) for cheap. Read More

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  • She has a pretty good palate.Yes, professional chefs are pretty good at tasting ... ... theme going with some dolcetto.  This was 2014 Pecchenino san Luigi (their capitalizaion) Dogliani.  Seems like a negociant wine, or at least a blend of vineyards in Dogliani, which is where dolcetto gets star billing.  This was a nice table wine, which is ... Read More

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  • In Piemonte, esp Barolo DOCG, nebbiolo is "only" grown on south ... ... ... pushing out Barbera and Dolcetto (which usually gets the "worst" sites because it's not as highly regarded but also because it will ripen fairly quickly, usually as much as several weeks before nebbiolo), but also onto places that used to be hazelnut groves or forest.... Read More

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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... ... non-native grapes as well as Dolcetto and Barbera, the vast majority is nebbiolo for Barolo.  When we tasted the Barolo wines, the first aroma out of the bottle was "poopy."  It wasn't brett IMO, and it blew off.  Once you got past that, the wines tended to be rounder an... Read More

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Since dailies aren't usually wines that I store long term--good early ... ... early drinkers like Barbera, Dolcetto, simpler Chiantis, roses, and whites--they don't actually take much storage space, and rarely in the basement.  They aren't going to go bad if the house gets up to 78-80 for a couple days (which is how long it takes to break a "h... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those ... ... ... Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice apertif, and/or summer sipper with light... Read More

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  • Brutocao Quadriga Hopeland Ranches 2011

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    wonderful blend, quiet, peaceful yet strong and resilient just like a good wine should be. Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no one is doing that.  (Okay, not true:  Had one okay nebbiolo from there Read More

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  • the name Dolcetto wants to indicate that it is a grape and a wine without acidity. Dolcetto wine is not sweet, if you do drink a Dolcetto wine sweet or little sweet, is not it Dolcetto

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  • Hi, My name is Antoinette Celle. I am one of the California growers of Dolcetto. My father, Anthony, brought some Dolcetto vines from the Dogliani region of Piemonte, where my mother, Agnese, was born. In 1997, with the help of a friend, I had the cuttings bench-grafted onto American rootstock, and planted onto three acres. Award-winning win...

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